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Why you need a CSPM strategy for your cloud deployments

Jason Jacquez
Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Organizations are accelerating the pace of digital change by pursuing cloud services in order to innovate and address today’s challenges.  Almost all business operations have been modernized in some way with the help of cloud.  Omdia’s 2020-2021 ICT Enterprise Insights survey found that almost one-third of organizations class the adoption of cloud services as “significantly more important” than before the pandemic took hold.  Whether a business is looking to advance remote collaboration or guarantee that services sustain to their customers in need, cloud is making this digital transformation possible.  However, while organizations look to the cloud for immediate answers, for many, new cloud environments require completely different configurations than former IT environments.  For that reason, Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) is essential to adequately address security risks across your cloud environments. 

As cloud adoption becomes more pervasive, businesses require stronger protection of their most valuable data.  It is becoming increasingly complex and time-consuming to answer the critical question “are my public cloud applications and services configured securely?”  Even simple misconfiguration issues represent significant risk, as evidence by several public data disclosers last year, according to Top Actions From Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Security, 2020.  The increase in cloud deployment has resulted in an increase of data breaches due to misconfigurations – the most common mistakes involving over-permissive security access policies, providing open access to unencrypted storage buckets, unsecured internet connectivity pages, and more.  Since misconfigurations are currently seen as one of the most serious security risks, organizations must address cloud security posture management (CSPM) earnestly.  CSPM works to help detect misconfigured resources and insecure activity across tenants while providing security administrators with the visibility to prioritize and resolve security issues. 

Oracle has acknowledged the importance of security and protecting customers’ data for decades.  Oracle takes a security-first approach for database, applications, and cloud infrastructure for the purpose of addressing every challenge when securing business-critical workloads, applications, and data.  Implementing a CSPM approach is a pivotal tool that answers the expanding requirements for organizations to address cloud security risks and misconfigured public cloud services.  Here’s how Oracle is preventing weak security posture and making security policy enforcement easy.

Oracle Cloud Guard helps identify, analyze, and remediate defined tenants and compartments.  A unified view of cloud security posture is gained across Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenants using Cloud Guard.  It will detect misconfigured resources and insecure activity across tenants and provides security administrators with visibility to triage and resource cloud security issues.  Security inconsistencies can be automatically remediated with out-of-the-box recipes to effectively scale the security operations center.  The distinct features of Cloud Guard are:   

  • Continuously monitors configuration and activities
  • Analyzes and correlates data from different sources
  • Identifies problems and detects security threats
  • Takes corrective actions or surfaces and notifies customer, based on customer preference

Oracle Maximum Security Zones come with a set of pre-defined policies, called recipes that will enforce the maximum level of security protection.  Oracle Security Zones automatically sets up and enforces security policies for cloud compartments in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.  Oracle Security Zones include a rich policy library and embed security best practices to enable cloud security posture management, so administrators can immediately ensure compartments are secure.  The distinct features of Maximum-Security Zones are:

  • Extremely secure location within your environment where assets live
  • Security is not a choice, it’s always on
  • Mitigates security problems by helping to ensure resources are secure from inception
  • Enforces rigorous security practices for highly sensitive workloads

Demo:  Watch more about Oracle Cloud Guard and Security Zones for security posture management 

As the cloud evolves, the cloud posture is always evolving – CSPMs are constantly watching to help ensure cloud environments are configured in a secure manner, that it remains secure over time, and that configuration changes or activities do not weaken that posture.  With CSPM, Oracle’s security-first approach helps strengthen the cloud posture and reduce risks that center on providing built-in security controls.  With these tools for improving cloud posture, Oracle is helping to shift more of the security responsibilities from the customer to the cloud provider with tools like CSPM. 

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